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Old 03-30-2011, 11:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking into purchasing a used BMW 3 series from 1995-2000 with anywhere from 75,000-150,000 miles. I just want to know what problems are common in these cars and how much i will expect to pay to in repairs. I hope to be able to do much of the work myself, but i have little mechanical experience.
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Nothing that is out the usual for older cars. And it really depends what car you are into and looking at. A lot of cars change pretty big between 95-96
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Be careful, a lot of people don't respect these cars and just let them go, ie no maintenance. I'm paying for it now and I've got well over 3k into getting mine up to showroom quality. But on the plus side, a well maintained BMW will last a very long time.
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What type of things should i look for when inspecting a car? I have been doing some research and am thinking about getting a 95' m3. Anything specific i should look for in that model?
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The things I've replaced that are some what common: window motor, window switches, the interior tends to fall apart, then just regular maintenance. There's a book out called 101 projects for your e36, look into it.
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I have 95 m3 black if you interested.
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I have 3 of them parting out, as most problems we had was window motors and sunroof and suspension parts shocks rotors ect.
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Old 12-27-2011, 06:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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same msg

I keep getting the same msg from users the kyb's
but not cheap in my way of thinking..
that is for shock BASIC replacements.
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